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Your old inkjet printer can test new ink additives, TUTORIAL

Postby aengel » Thu Jan 29, 2015 1:12 pm

Your old desktop inkjet printer can print with 1.5 pL precision. Maybe you can mod it to print a variety of test materials :
Exact P.M.S. Color Matches
Nanoparticles
Dielectrics
Conductive pigments

Here are some pages about inkjet modding :

http://www.mf20.org/microfluidics-20-to ... et-printer

http://www.mf20.org/sites/mf20.drupalga ... tocols.pdf

http://eddiem.com/photo/CIS/cis.htm

Here are some tips :

Printers that print directly onto cd roms can be modded to print directly onto glass slides, pdms stamps, gratings, HOPG and more.

I positioned a glass slide on the cd rom tray of my Epson inkjet so that the test print does not get handled by the rollers of the printer.

I wonder if the Epson head is easier to mod, since it is a piezo head, whereas the HP/Canon generates a bubble to emit the ink?

Transparent, liquids only ink jet base is available from http://www.inksupply.com :

http://www.inksupply.com/product-detail ... rinterID=0

http://www.inksupply.com/product-detail ... rinterID=0

http://www.inksupply.com/product-detail ... rinterID=0

Possibly you can inkjet print your test chemicals using this inkjet base?

(Ordinary dyed ink for inkjet printing is available at http://www.inksupply.com as well.)

Older Epson Photo and Epson Claria inkjet printers typically use dyes as colorants, called D1 and D2. More modern Epson printers use pigments, Ultrachrome, Durabrite, and Durabrite Ultra.

You can buy old inkjet printers on Craigs List and Ebay. Be sure to purchase the direct print to CD tray.

By the way, an open source formulation for inkjet base is available here :

http://www.paulroark.com/BW-Info/Ink-Mixing.pdf

Even though this inkjet base is open source, I buy it ready made from http://www.inksupply.com, since they have low prices and I try to minimize my time in the clean room and using syringe filters. :)

A water free formulation has been published in : “Controlling the Thickness of the Surface Oxide Layer on Cu Nanoparticles for the Fabrication of Conductive Structures by Ink-Jet Printing”, by Dr. Younan Xia, etal., Advanced Functional Materials, Volume 18, Issue 5, ppg. 679-686, March 11, 2008.
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1 ... 2/abstract

The Dr. Younan Xia Group at the Georgia Institute of Technology : http://www.nanocages.com/

Cleaning and refilling inkjet cartridges is a hassle. C.I.S. Assemblies are low cost and install quickly. (C.I.S. = Continuous Ink Systems). You can buy them from http://www.inksupply.com :

http://www.inksupply.com/cobra.cfm

Or you can buy them on Ebay. Some of the C.I.S. units have a chip reset button.

As you know, inkjet ink must be filtered. Syringe filters are widely available from laboratory supply distributors like Sigma-Aldrich, Thermo Fisher Scientific, and http://www.inksupply.com/accessory.cfm.

Purge pattern art :

http://www.inksupply.com/purging.cfm

Here is software :

http://www.versacheck.com/web/versaink4xDetails.asp

http://www.ssclg.com/epsone.shtml

http://www.2manuals.com/product_info.ph ... ts_id=1149

http://avpsoft.com/products/apfill/


“Chemistry of Inkjet Inks”, by Shlomo Magdassi, World Scientific-Knovel, 2010.
http://app.knovel.com/web/toc.v/cid:kpC ... up-by=true

Useful pages :

http://www.paulroark.com/BW-Info/4000-Noritsu-2K.pdf

http://www.paulroark.com/BW-Info/

http://www.epsondevelopers.com/document ... mplate.pdf

http://www.page-net.com/frame/pages/Eps ... etting.htm

http://www.resetters.com/downloadfiles.php

http://www.redrivercatalog.com/infocent ... nters.html

http://www.epson.com/cgi-bin/Store/CDLanding.jsp

http://www.epson.com/cgi-bin/Store/jsp/ ... &oid=-8168

http://www.epson.com/cgi-bin/Store/jsp/ ... &oid=-8168


Be sure to get the original installation CD rom that came with the printer. DO NOT INSTALL THE CURRENT DRIVER OFF OF THE INTERNET. The inkjet printer manufacturers regularly update their drivers... BE SURE TO TURN OFF AUTOMATIC UPDATES FOR THE PRINTER DRIVER. If you do not do so, the next time that you do an update on your computer you might also BURN AND UPDATE THE FIRMWARE IN YOUR PRINTER, and the chips on the aftermarket inkjet cartridges may no longer be compatible with your updated printer. In fact the firmware upgrade may restrict your inket to function using only genuine factory cartridges with the new burned chips!

IT IS VERY EASY TO CLOG ANY INKJET PRINTHEAD.

IT IS VERY EASY TO CORRODE ANY INKJET PRINTHEAD.

THESE MODIFICATIONS WILL LIKELY INVALIDATE YOUR INKJET WARRANTY.

NO WARRANTY OF THE ACCURACY OF THE INFORMATION ON THIS PAGE IS EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED. USE AT YOUR OWN RISK!

THESE TIPS WILL LIKELY DESTROY YOUR INKJET PRINTER.

THE CHEMICALS IN SOME INKJETS ARE TOXIC.

When modding the inkjet, I work in a softwall cleanroom, with hepa air filtration, emergency shower and eyewash shower nearby, and high volume air exhausts. I wear protective equipment like eye goggles and rubber gloves.

Scientific articles about inkjets :

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC507883/

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